Actor Rowan Atkinson, famous for playing the titular character on the hit comedy Mr. Bean, has sold his beloved McLaren F1, a car he’s crashed on two occasions including one time rather seriously. The car, which was bought new by Atkinson in 1997 and in which he has driven just over 41,000 miles, was put up for sale in January at London-based prestige dealer Taylor & Crawley. The asking price was a staggering £8 million, or about $12.24 million at current exchange rates.
Atkinson’s first crash in the car was back in 1999, when he ran into the back of another car. In 2011 it lost control on a wet road, with the car eventually ending up in a roadside ditch and its engine thrown some feet away. The repair bill for that crash was a cool £910,000 ($1.4 million).
The car is the only burgundy example of the F1 in existence, and the F1 itself was only built in a run of 72 road-going cars. The new buyer is said to be a fellow Brit and the final price paid is being kept secret. When Atkinson bought the car, the price tag was £540,000 ($827,500). But as we’ve seen in the world of classic and collector cars, prices over the past several years have soared. This particular F1 also has that celebrity factor.
The F1 also remains to this day one of the fastest cars ever built. It was launched on the market in 1994 and remained in production for four years. The cars came with a mid-mounted 6.1-liter V-12 developing 627 horsepower. This was enough for 0-62 mph acceleration in 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 241 mph. The latter remained unmatched until the arrival of the Bugatti Veyron more than a decade later.